Spin to Win. BC's Biggest Spin-a-thon Fundraiser to Battle Cancer

spin a thon fundraiser

Ready, set, pedal. The NeXT Up Spin-a-thon is British Columbia's largest exercise fundraiser to support nutrition and exercise programming for cancer patients in the province. Hundreds of riders will commit to one of six hourly spin classes at participating studios on Saturday, October 19. The purpose is to raise funds for an emerging area of cancer support - physical activity. Specifically, the funds will focus on ensuring patients have access to tools and information about the big benefits of physical fitness in treatment.

In 2013, BC Cancer researchers completed a three-year study on nutrition and exercise during Treatment (NExT), which proved that physical activity has positive outcomes for women diagnosed with breast cancer. There is now compelling evidence proving that exercise improves cancer treatment side effects and reduces risk of dying from other conditions. Proceeds from the NeXT Up Spin-a-thon, supporting the BC Cancer Foundation, will allow the NeXT team to set up specialized nutrition and exercise programming at centres throughout BC - available free of charge to cancer patients undergoing treatment.

Studios hosting the spin-a-thon include: Method Studios (Kitsilano & North Vancouver), Cadence Cycling (South Granville), Spin Society (Mount Pleasant), and TaG Cycling (Broadway). Riders can put together a team of six, keeping the same bike spinning from noon to 6pm, or ride as individuals for an hour each. Hourly classes with certified spin instructors will keep riders energized and refreshed throughout the day.

Registration includes: online fundraising page to support fundraising goals, an RYU branded cycling towel for each team member, the opportunity to win prizes (like a $1,500 Norco bike), as well as email support with fundraising, fitness, and nutrition tips. Each rider is encouraged to raise suggested pledges of $250 per bike. Spinners of all fitness levels have a great opportunity to feel good and do good while getting a great workout. Participants can register here and select their studio of choice. Supportive non-spinners have the option to make a direct donation here to sponsor a cancer survivor.

Sponsoring the event are Aquilini Investment Group as the Gold Sponsor and Windset Farms, Hakemi Ridgedale Law Firm and RYU as the silver sponsors. Additional support for the day comes from Trace Water and Body Energy Club. Click here for more information on the NeXT Up Spin-a-thon.

NeXT Up is a fundraising organization focused on providing cancer patients with access to specialized nutrition, exercise programming and centres. Cancer survivors often face barriers to exercise, including concerns about safety, desire for guidance from trained professionals and physical limitations related to treatment. This is compounded by the fact that health care providers are often unsure of where to refer patients to receive appropriate exercise in the community. As exercise is not part of standard cancer care across Canada, less than one third of survivors currently meet recommended physical activity guidelines and most are not adequately supported to maintain their health. NeXt Up is dedicated to supporting this important area of treatment and overall wellness for cancer patients.

BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising partner of BC Cancer. Every dollar raised is directed to BC Cancer to advance research and enhance care for the people of British Columbia. The BC Cancer Foundation is rooted in the belief that, with the supportive of community "BC CAN" make a difference in the lives of all British Columbians. One in two people in the province will face cancer in their lifetime and BC Cancer is igniting progress to break down cancer, piece by piece, in the labs and clinics. With incredible leaps in science and technology and the generous support of donors, BC Cancer is breaking new ground in genomics, immunology and nuclear medicine. This will lead to prevention in high risk families, better treatments with fewer side effects and ultimately improved health and longevity for people impacted by cancer. Actively working with 90,000 donors and communities across the province, BC Cancer inspires investment in furthering provincial teams of world-leading researchers, oncologists and care providers.